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How Did the Buffalo Sabres Do At the Trade Deadline?


The Buffalo Sabres roster has changed pretty significantly in the past few days, with general manager Tim Murray making several moves to ship players out and get other pieces in return.

Here’s a summary of what’s happened to the Sabres roster since Friday:

  • Sabres trade Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for goaltender Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, QMJHL prospect William Carrier, a 1st-round pick in 2015 and conditional 3rd-round pick in 2016.
  • Sabres trade Brayden McNabb and ECHL prospect Jonathan Parker, plus a 2nd-round pick in 2014 and 2nd-round pick in 2015, to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Nicolas Deslauriers (will report to Amerks) and college prospect Hudson Fasching.
  • Sabres trade Jaroslav Halak and a 3rd-round pick in 2015 to the Washington Capitals in exchange for goaltender Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla (will report to Amerks).
  • Sabres trade Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Torrey Mitchell, a 2nd-round pick in 2014 and a 2nd-round pick in 2016.

Since Friday, the Sabres have essentially shipped out seven players – including their captain, their long-time starting goaltender, an AHL defenseman, a goaltender who never played a game for Buffalo, and a prospect in the ECHL – and three draft picks.

In return, they walk away with a goaltender, two new forwards, two defensemen who will both report to the AHL for the time being, a QMJHL prospect, a college prospect and four future draft picks that will help the team with rebuilding in the years to come.

So — how do you think Tim Murray did in his first trade deadline with the Sabres organization? Was it enough? Was it too much? It’s certainly been an exciting past few days in the world of the Sabres — and from the sound of things, there may be more movement coming at the NHL draft in June.

How did the Buffalo Sabres do at the trade deadline?

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  • Vic Soga

    I give Murray a B as he did not get enough for Halak and Moulson. Klesla is a salary dump. Hopefully he signs or trades early Stewart and Stafford. Buyout Leino and make some trades with his draft picks and players at the draft or after. Is Ennis, Hodgson and Girg your centers? If so, you do not need Reinhart.

    • Jes

      I have a feeling Ennis is on his way out at the draft.

      Buyout Leino won’t happen IMO. Salary floor will be hard to reach. Only players I see signing here are Orpik, Stempniak and Tallinder. Callahan I think resigns with Tampa.

      • Vic Soga

        I hope Buffalo can pick up a couple of UFAs like Orpik as we need left handed shooting defencemen, especially if Tallinder does not re-sign. Trade Ruhwedel or Pysyk and Ennis and draft pick for a big center. Will Gregorenko get a shot? I like Ekblad and then you can trade those two mentioned above.

        • Jes

          I think we need Reinhart. Having a one two punch of McDavid and Reinhart would be pretty insane. Hodgson could be used as trade bait in 2015-2016 season. Unless we can do something like Ehrhoff, Ennis, Pysyk and a draft pick for Edmonton’s first this year I don’t see us taking Ekblad. Reinhart’s the guy IMO. Be nice to end up with both Reinhart and Ekblad. I think Grigorenko will eventually be traded.

          • Thomas Eric

            Grigorenko deserves a chance to be on a line with decent line mates

          • Jes

            I know he does Thomas. I’m like his biggest supporter on these boards. But he will eventually get traded. Doubt he will resign with us when he’s an RFA. Which gives us one more year with him.

          • Thomas Eric

            If they give him a chance next year play him with good line mates I bet he does well and your right we either dump him at the deadline or sign him

  • Cory Buck

    Given what Vanek eventually yielded, it’s hard for me to get mad about the Moulson return. I initially thought we could squeeze another 1st for him, but that clearly wasn’t going to happen. In the end, Murray traded all the guys who could leave in the summer and turned them into more assets and ammo for the draft and beyond. They know where they are and they’re working to get where they want. I can respect that, even if it means this team is going to be a wasteland for a little while.

    • ssejhill

      I kinda view the Moulson/McCormick deal as 2 deals: [1] Moulson for two 2nd round picks – good and [2] McCormick for Mitchell – bad.

      What they got for Moulson was fine, but Mitchell is a step down from McCormick. McCormick and Mitchell are similar in that they are both 3rd/4th line guys, agitators, that are not very offensively gifted. The big difference is that McCormick is quite a bit bigger and can fight if needed.

      • Rob Dotzler

        My understanding about the McCormick trade was that it was a payroll dump. I foresee Mitchell being part of a package before or during the draft. It just seems like something Murray would do based on what little I know about him.

        • ssejhill

          hmm … didn’t think of the salary complications. Mitchell makes $1.9 mil and McCormick made only $1.2 mil. I guess the Sabres do need salary on the books for next season to make it to the salary floor.

          • Rob Dotzler

            I can’t swear to it, but I thought for sure it was discussed on Wed either on the NHL network or maybe it was on WGR. Between listening to the radio, watching the tube and bouncing all over the internet, it could have been anywhere now that I think about it a bit. But it was discussed somewhere.

  • Jes

    He did alright.

    Grade = B

    Should’ve traded Tallinder and Konopka.

    Hopefully trades Ehrhoff in the offseason.

  • ssejhill

    I really do NOT like the McNabb trade. We got Fasching, who is a college freshman, and won’t play in the Buffalo system for about 3 years. Deslauriers is described by many as an offensively talented D-man, but this season he’s played mostly at forward for the Manchester Monarchs and yet his points per game is less than McNabb’s (Deslauriers .65/game – 39 points in 60 games vs. McNabb .76/game – 29 points in 38 games). Deslauriers (6ft) is also a much smaller player than McNabb (6ft 4in). Along with the Mitchell for McCormick trade, is Murray trying to make the Sabres a team of smaller players? That worked well 10 years ago, but that isn’t how an NHL game is won now.